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Toni R. Tollerud School Counseling Grant


The deadline for receiving grant requests is April 1.

(Grantees will be notified of their application's status in June.)


The Schultz Foundation for Advancing Counseling will award up to $1,000 to each Toni R. Tollerud Grant recipient. Applicants may be a counselor educator in a school counseling concentration/track, school counseling graduate student enrolled in a practicum or internship, or a practicing school counselor professional (minimum Master’s degree) in the state of Illinois. 

Proposals will be evaluated using a blind review process, and on the basis of:

  • The magnitude of the contribution.

  • Quality of the proposed work. (i.e., significance, innovation, approach)

Particular areas to be focused on include, but are not limited to: 


  • School counseling programs for Underserved Student Populations in schools (immigrant students, LGBTQ, students with disabilities, etc.) consistent with the ASCA Model

  • Increasing awareness of counseling

  • Increasing knowledge of obtaining support for school counseling programs (how and where to get grants)

  • Use of technology in the classroom and/or school counseling programs 

  • Improving Counselor Education and Training 

  • Leadership 

  • School Counseling Professionals and Advocacy

  • Coping with the effects of traumatic events (i.e., natural disasters, gun violence, sexual assault, grief, emotional trauma, terrorism, human/sex trafficking)

  • Consideration will be given to applications regarding the use of innovation and technology in meeting the needs of populations impacted or impaired by COVID-19. This includes social workers, counselors, and mental health professionals utilizing technology in an effort to assist clients, school counselors, and agencies in need.


This grant is to support a school counseling project in Illinois, the results of which must be submitted for publication in an appropriate professional journal and/or be submitted as a proposal for presentation at a local, state, regional, or national professional counseling conference either in person or virtually.  At the completion of the project, the recipient is to provide a Final Report to the Schultz Foundation for Advancing Counseling specifying how funds were spent, the results, whether goals were met, and for further suggestions and interventions. Failure to submit reports by the required deadline may result in forfeiture of grant funds and/or future funding.

The recipient is to notify the Foundation of his or her plan and where the proposal has been submitted. The Foundation requires that the individual and supervisor (vice-principal or school superintendent) or group representatives (at least 2 signatures) applying for a grant belonging to a professional school counseling organization, such as the Illinois School Counseling Association or the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling, in order to ensure grants are awarded to those who are adhering to a Professional Code of Ethics. 

Mileage in the grant application can be considered for transporting subjects to and from your program.

This school counseling project must be completed within a year of receiving grant funds and must advance the counseling profession. 


Only one Schultz Foundation for Advancing Counseling application may be submitted per grant cycle.  Duplication of any application will result in the forfeiture of grant funds.




Proceed to Submit an Application for the Toni Tollerud Counseling Grant

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